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Meditation could Decrease Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Study


Meditation could Decrease Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Study

(epharmanews)- Regular meditation can decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in adolescents who are at high risk, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Georgia Health Sciences University.

In a study of 62 black teens with high blood pressure, those who meditated twice a day for 15 minutes had lower left ventricular mass, an indicator of future cardiovascular disease, than a control group, said Dr. Vernon Barnes, a physiologist in the Medical College of Georgia and the Georgia Health Sciences University Institute of Public and Preventive Health.

Half of the participants were trained in transcendental meditation and asked for fifteen minutes at home for a four-month period. While the other half received health education on how to decrease blood pressure and risk for cardiovascular disease. Researchers found that health education was ineffective, compared to transcendental meditation.

“Increased mass of the heart muscle’s left ventricle is caused by the extra workload on the heart with higher blood pressure,” Barnes explained. “Some of these teens already had higher measures of left ventricular mass because of their elevated blood pressure, which they are likely to maintain into adulthood.”

During transcendental meditation the activity of the sympathetic nervous system decreases and the body releases less stress hormones. “As a result, the vasculature relaxes, blood pressure drops and the heart works less,” Barnes said.

“Transcendental meditation results in a rest for the body that is often deeper than sleep,” Barnes said. “Statistics indicate that one in every 10 black youths have high blood pressure.  If practiced over time, the meditation may reduce the risk of these teens developing cardiovascular disease, in addition to other added health benefits.”


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